Startup licenses ORNL technology for converting organic waste to hydrogen

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The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel. The system combines biology and electrochemistry to degrade organic waste—such as plant biomass or food waste—to produce hydrogen. During the microbial electrolysis process, a diverse microbial community first breaks down organic material. We waste about 40% of food that is produced in the world today, which generates methane in landfills.

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TU/ecomotive develops waste-free car with UBQ: Luca

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With this zero-waste car, the team wants to show that waste can be a valuable material with a multitude of applications. Luca, the world’s first Zero-Waste car.

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Zero Waste Energy breaks ground on organic waste to CNG fuel facility

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Zero Waste Energy, LLC (ZWE) broke ground on an anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco, CA that will convert organic waste into compressed natural gas (CNG) and compost. The Blue Line Biogenic CNG facility will convert 11,200 TPY of food and green waste into 100,000+ diesel equivalent gallons of CNG fuel. and Zero Waste Energy, LLC. The project addresses numerous AB 32 requirements, diverting almost 95% of the organic waste feedstock from landfills.

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Siemens introduces new Organic Rankine module for waste heat recovery

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Siemens recently introduced an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) module for industrial plants or power stations for the conversion of waste heat to electricity. Because waste heat produced in industrial plants or power stations often does not have enough energy to drive a turbine with steam, the Siemens ORC module system employs silicone oils, which have a lower enthalpy of vaporization than water. The Siemens system can generate electricity from waste heat of only about 300 ?C.

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UN: global e-waste surging; up 21% in 5 years

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million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in just five years, according to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020. The new report also predicts that global e-waste (discarded products with a battery or electrical plug) will reach 74 Mt by 2030—almost a doubling of e-waste tonnage in just 16 years. of 2019’s e-waste was collected and recycled. In per capita terms, last year’s discarded e-waste averaged 7.3

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ElectraTherm and Navy to demonstrate shipboard waste heat recovery

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ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed, waste heat to power generation, is working with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Creare, and the US Naval Academy (USNA) to demonstrate gas turbine waste heat recovery as part of a Small Business Innovation Research project. The demonstration will take place at the USNA in Annapolis, Maryland to prove the potential for waste heat recovery onboard ships. Ports and Marine Waste Heat Recovery

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Study of working fluid selection for organic Rankine cycle waste heat recovery

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A study of nine different pure organic working fluids for organic Rankine cycle (ORC) engine waste heat recovery by a team from Beijing University of Technology, Tsinghua University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that R11, R141b, R113 and R123 manifest slightly higher thermodynamic performances than the others; however, R245fa and R245ca are the most environment-friendly working fluids for engine waste heat-recovery applications.

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Researchers developing free-piston linear generator for exhaust waste heat recovery

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Researchers in China have developed a novel free-piston linear generator (FPLG) to recover exhaust waste heat efficiently from a vehicle engine. The FPLG can be used in a small-scale organic Rankine cycle (ORC) system and can directly convert the thermodynamic energy of working fluid into electricity. Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Systems Waste Heat Recovery

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First application of GE ORegen organic rankine cycle waste heat recovery system at Alliance Pipeline Compressor Station in Alberta

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The first commercial ORegen organic rankine cycle waste heat recovery system, a technology developed by GE Oil & Gas that enables a gas turbine to produce extra power without any additional emissions or fuel consumption and no water use, will be installed at Alliance Pipeline’s (APL) Whitecourt Compressor Station about 200 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of Edmonton, Alberta.

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Rice husks to H2; wet combustion technology converts waste organic materials to hydrogen and other value-added materials

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developed wet combustion technology to convert waste organic materials, particularly rice husks, to hydrogen and other value-added materials using water in a novel hexagonal batch reactor. The Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), an Institute of The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) (Singapore), is collaborating with Shion Pte Ltd (Shion), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s Science System Corporation Shion Inc.,

Free piston/ORC system for automotive waste heat recovery being tested at University of Brighton

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A prototype automotive waste heat recovery system has been fired up on a recently commissioned test rig at the University of Brighton. The organic Rankine cycle test rig uses a novel linear free piston expander from Libertine ( earlier post ) to overcome the technical and economic barriers to using Rankine cycle technology for automotive waste heat recovery. Engines Vehicle Systems Waste Heat Recovery

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ARPA-E issues RFI on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies; focus on solid-state systems

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a request for information ( DE-FOA-0001607 ) on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies. quadrillion BTU of energy was wasted mainly in the form of heat. Much of the waste heat has been characterized by its source and its temperature, particularly in the transportation and power generation sectors. Thus, ARPA-E is keenly interested in waste heat conversion in this temperature range.

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SEAT to participate in new European project to generate biomethane from waste

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With the goal of boosting the circular economy, energy efficiency and emissions reduction, SEAT is currently working on the Life Methamorphosis project to obtain biomethane from previously selected waste and animal slurry from a farm in Lleida. The European Union is going to limit to 10% the amount of municipal waste that can be dumped in landfills by 2035. For this reason, converting waste into vehicular biofuel is one solution to this environmental challenge.

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ORCnext project concludes waste heat recovery efficiency can be boosted by 20-25%

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The four-year projet ORCNext , aimed at developing knowledge and design tools for next generation of Organic Rankine Cycles (ORCs), has concluded that waste heat recovery efficiency can be increased by 20 to 25% through appropriate cycle selection, efficient expanders, appropriate control and less oversizing of the heat exchangers. The Rankine Cycle transfers waste heat to a working fluid at a constant pressure. Engines Fuel Efficiency Waste Heat Recovery

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SEAT reduces waste by 34% since 2010, expects to achieve 60% reduction by 2025

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Since 2010, SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, has improved its production-related environmental footprint by 34% on average with measures to emit less CO 2 and fewer volatile organic compounds, generate less waste and consume less water and energy. Over the next few months, the company will implement measures designed to reduce production waste by up to 60% in the next six years. In addition, it has decreased its CO 2 and volatile organic compound emissions by 63.3%

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Fulcrum to build second waste-to-fuels plant in Gary, Indiana

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Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Gary, Indiana as the location of its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel. The process begins with the gasification of the organic material in the MSW feedstock to a synthesis gas (syngas) which consists primarily of carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Fulcrum’s Centerpoint plant will be the company’s second waste-to-fuels plant.

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VTT and partners to assess bio- and waste-based oils suitable for power plants and ships; BioFlex project

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In a three-year Business Finland BioFlex project, VTT—the Finnish state-owned research agency—and partners are exploring how suitable fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics are for power plants and ship diesel engines. We compare different methods of industrially producing fuel oils from, for example, waste plastics or biomass, such as harvest residues from forestry and agriculture.

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Waste Management Invests In Terrabon Waste-to-Renewable Gasoline Venture

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Waste Management, Inc. has invested in waste-to-fuel company Terrabon, LLC. Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management and environmental services in North America. This investment from Waste Management and Valero will be used by Terrabon to advance the scalability of their technology. Carl Rush, vice president of Organic Growth at Waste Management.

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CR&R pathway for biogas from anaerobic digestion of green waste to CNG has LCFS CI of just above zero

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CR&R Incorporated / California Renewable Power LLC (CR&R) has submitted a California LCFS Tier 2 application for its biomethane from anaerobic digestion of green waste to CNG pathway, with a requested carbon intensity (CI) of 0.34 The CR&R facility produces biomethane from an organic waste anaerobic digester (AD) facility in Perris, California that is co-located with CR&R’s material recovery facility and transfer station.

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First reference installation of Opcon Waste Heat Recovery technology for ships; potential for 5–10% fuel savings

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Opcon, in collaboration with Wallenius Marine, recently completed the first reference installation of its Waste Heat Recovery technology for ocean-going vessels in a project supported by the Swedish Energy Agency. The Opcon systems generate electricity from low-value waste heat in the vessel’s steam and cooling system. This is a milestone in our efforts to adapt our pioneering technology for production of electricity from waste heat for use in marine applications.

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Dalian team devises two-step method for synthesis of jet-range polycycloalkanes under mild conditions from plastic waste

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Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China report a two-step method for the synthesis of jet-fuel-range high-density polycycloalkanes from polycarbonate waste under mild conditions. Plastics are a family of organic polymers which are widely used in our life. To the best of our knowledge, there is no report about the production of high-density aviation fuel with waste plastics. …

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Simulation study suggests ORC waste heat recovery system could deliver potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a PHEV on highway

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A simple Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system could recover up to 10% of engine waste heat under highway driving conditions, corresponding to a potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), with low penalization of the added weight to the vehicle electric range, according to a simulation study by researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Ohio State University.

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Biogas2PEM-FC project converts waste from olive oil production to electricity

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An EU-funded project, Biogas2PEM-FC , has developed a system to convert the toxic waste from olive oil production into electricity. The waste from olive oil production—which contains pesticides and toxic organic compounds, is acidic and with a high salinity—is environmentally harmful and costly to discard. Currently the waste is turned to landfill; this is very costly and can become a major environmental problem.

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Abengoa inaugurates demonstration plant with Waste-to-Biofuels (W2B) technology

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Abengoa recently inaugurated a demonstration plant using Waste-to-Biofuels (W2B) technology. The plant has a capacity to treat 25,000 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) from which it will obtain up to 1.5 The demonstration plant, located in Babilafuente (Salamanca, Spain), uses W2B technology developed by Abengoa to produce second-generation biofuels from the organic fraction of MSW using an enzymatic hydrolysis treatment followed by fermentation.

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Waste Management makes strategic investment in waste-to-syngas company Agnion

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Waste Management has made a strategic investment in Agnion Energy , Inc. Waste Management joins other investors in Agnion including,Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Munich Venture Partners and Wellington Partners. Waste Management wants to maximize the value of the materials it manages. Agnion’s technology complements Waste Management’s advancement of thermo-chemical conversion technology platforms and could enhance our suite of waste processing options.

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Waste Management adds 1,000th truck to natural gas fleet

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Waste Management added a 1,000 th natural gas truck to its fleet, making it the largest owner and operator of heavy duty refuse trucks in North America. The trucks Waste Management runs out of its Carson service yard—as well as a third of its California clean fleet—are powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) derived from the decomposition of organic waste in its Altamont Landfill in Livermore, Calif.

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Major Dutch waste-to-chemicals initiative more than doubles with new partners

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A major Dutch initiative designed to investigate how waste can be used as a raw material to produce chemicals has more than doubled in size since being launched late last year. The aim is to use Enerkem’s technology to manufacture synthesis gas from domestic and other waste and use it as a feedstock for making products such as methanol and ammonia. The primary aim is to use Enerkem’s proven conversion process to turn domestic and other waste into useful products.

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BETO report identifies biofuel/bioproducts opportunities from wet and gaseous waste: ~22.2B GGE/year

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office has published a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by wet and gaseous feedstocks, including wastewater treatment-derived sludge and biosolids, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats and greases, biogas, and carbon dioxide streams.

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SUEZ Environnement and Déinove partner on R&D to convert urban waste to ethanol with Deinococcus bacteria

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SUEZ Environnement and Déinove ( earlier post ) are collaborating on an R&D program to explore the development of a process to convert organic urban waste into ethanol using Deinococcus bacteria. This organic waste is currently mainly recovered via composting and methanization. For the past six months, Déinove has already been collaborating with SUEZ Environnement, which is making various sources of waste from its operating units available to the company.

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Greenius Says No to Offshore Drilling. Mr. President, You Are Following A Failed Strategy & Wasting Time

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That’s why they’re among the environmental organizations offering the public the truth and reality on the issue this week. It’s perfectly obvious that President Obama is attempting to reach out to the right and members of Congress who are owned by the oil industry with his move this week to make offshore drilling part of his energy mix.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Completes First Unit of Latest Version of Waste Heat Recovery System for Marine Engines

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MHI) has completed its first unit of the STG (Super Turbo Generating) System, a marine-use, high-efficiency, combined power generation system that utilizes waste heat and the exhaust gas from diesel engines. The STG System is the most recent type of the company’s MERS (Mitsubishi Energy Recovery System) that utilizes waste energy from marine diesels for power generation. Tags: Engines Ports and Marine Waste Heat Recovery The MHI STG system. Click to enlarge.

Researchers Suggest Organic Computing Approach to Traffic Light Control

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An organic computing-based approach to traffic light control, might help solve the problem of controlling road traffic in congested areas and avoid traffic jams and gridlock, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems. The authors are members of the Organic Traffic Control Collaborative (OTC 2 ), a joint project between the two universities. Organic Traffic Control Collaborative.

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Global Bioenergies reports first isobutene production from waste biomass

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The company initially focused its efforts on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and elastomers. Global Bioenergies has produced “second-generation” isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources.

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Opcon to Install Waste Heat Recovery System on Wallenius Ship; Targeting an Initial 4-6% in Fuel Savings

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Basic operation of the Opcon Powerbox ORC waste heat recovery system. Opcon, the Sweden-based energy and environmental technology Group, will install an Opcon Powerbox—an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system—on one of Wallenius’ ships. The initial installation, which aims to utilize waste heat for production of electricity onboard, is expected to achieve a fuel saving of between 4-6%; it will be the first installation of the Opcon Powerbox onboard a ship.

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DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office updates Multi-Year Program Plan; focus on wet wastes

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The latest version of the MYPP presents a merged conversion R&D section; the renaming of the demonstration and market transformation area; and emerging work in wet waste-to-energy feedstocks. BETO says that wet wastes represent an underused feedstock and an emerging pathway to advanced biofuels that has the potential to greatly contribute to BETO’s near-term and long-term advanced biofuel and bioproduct goals.

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Waste Management Makes Strategic Investment in Waste-to-Fuels Company Enerkem

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Waste Management has made a strategic investment in Enerkem, a developer of a thermochemical (gasification and catalytic synthesis) process to produce synthetic fuels and chemicals from biomass and waste, as part of Enerkem’s new financing round. million (US$51 million) comes from Enerkem’s existing institutional investors—Rho Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures and BDR Capital—as well as from new investors Waste Management and Cycle Capital.

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Ford study shows Rankine waste heat recovery system on a light-duty vehicle could almost meet full vehicle accessory load on highway cycle

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An organic Rankine cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system using R245fa as the working fluid could nearly supply the full vehicle accessory electrical load in a light duty vehicle (Ford Escape) on the EPA highway cycle in both a conventional and hybrid powertrain configuration, according to a modeling study presented by Ford Motor Company at last week’s Directions in Engine-efficiency and Emissions Research Conference (DEER), in Detroit.

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Republic Services deploying 23 CNG waste and recycling trucks in Twin Cities area

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Waste and recycling company Republic Services, Inc. has deployed 23 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers throughout the Twin Cities area. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, each new CNG solid waste and recycling truck reduces ozone-forming emissions by as much as 80% when compared to older diesel powered trucks.

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Neste launches Neste MY Renewable Diesel made 100% from waste and residues in Finland; initial customers

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Neste recently launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues under the brand name Neste MY Renewable Diesel at select service stations in the Helsinki region today, 9 January 2017. Production of Neste MY Renewable Diesel is based on Neste’s proprietary NEXBTL technology which can be used for producing premium-quality renewable diesel and other renewable products from almost any waste fat or vegetable oil. Many businesses and organizations joined the campaign.

Ford examines Rankine cycle waste heat recovery system

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A study by Ford suggests that an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system using R245fa as the working fluid could supply the full vehicle accessory electrical load in a light duty vehicle on the highway cycle. Ford Green cars Latest news ORC system Rankine Rankine cycle waste heat recovery system

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Enogia and IFPEN partner on waste heat recovery in stationary and transport applications

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The aim is to recover waste heat from the exhaust gases of internal combustion engines in both stationary installations (generators, cogeneration installations) and transport, particularly rail and maritime. Created in 2009, Enogia specializes in ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) systems converting waste heat into electricity.

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U Florida team using fungi to extract cobalt and lithium from waste batteries

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A team of researchers University of South Florida is using naturally occurring fungi to drive an environmentally friendly recycling process to extract cobalt and lithium from tons of waste batteries. Although a global problem, the US leads the way as the largest generator of electronic waste. The idea first came from a student who had experience extracting some metals from waste slag left over from smelting operations.

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INEOS Bio Begins Advanced Waste-to-Ethanol Plant Feasibility Study

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The INEOS Bio waste-to-ethanol process, originally developed by BRI. INEOS Bio, a subsidiary of INEOS, the world’s third-largest chemicals company, has started a feasibility study for a plant in the UK to convert locally generated biodegradable household and commercial wastes into carbon neutral road transport fuel and clean electricity, using the INEOS Bio technology process. Click to enlarge.

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